Dzidra Briedis Ernst, 81, of 169 Kittery Ridge died the night of Dec. 26, 2008, in Jameson Hospital.

Born June 23, 1927, in Riga, Latvia, she was a daughter of the late Karl and Olga Busch Briedis.

She married the Rev. David W. Ernst on Dec. 26, 1993. He survives.

She was previously married to Marcel Schmidt in 1947. He died in 2005.

Mrs. Ernst worked for the Bavaria Film Co. in Germany for 17 years.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Niki Hermans of Munich, Germany; and two stepdaughters, Andrea Ernst and Claudine Scheife, both of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ivars Briedis; and two children, Maris and Maija Zeidonis.

Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Independent Methodist Church.

A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. The Rev. Frederick Gilbert will officiate.

Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.

Please sign the guestbook at www.legacy.com/ncnewsonline/Obituaries.asp.

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